Minnesotan Jesse Ventura claimed that “American Sniper” Chris Kyle defamed him in his book by the same name. A Minnesotan jury recently agreed and the judge granted Ventura $1.8 million in damages. Navy Seal Kyle claimed that Ventura said the Navy Seals “deserve to lose a few” shortly before Kyle punched him out. Ventura claims the episode never happened and presented enough evidence to convince eight of ten Minnesotan jurors. He claimed his suit was simply to “clear his name,” and to “get an apology.” Fine.
“I don’t know if you’re familiar with this character, I think he’s dead now, but his name was Orlando Bosch…He blew up a Cuban airliner with like seventy three civilians on board, and George Bush Senior pardoned him. Now is that not an act of terrorism?” (Jesse Ventura 10/04/2010.)
Here Jesse Ventura accuses Orlando Bosch of the mass murder of innocent women and children, crimes for which he was twice acquitted. Is this not defamation? (Especially compared to the high-school-gossip nature of the defamation against Ventura?)
Knowledge of Bosch’s innocence, by the way, is not confined to the Cuban-American informational ghetto. Here’s (lawyer and columnist) Ann Coulter:
“In the honest reporting Americans have come to expect from the mainstream media, Newsweek went on to explain that Bosch — quote — “blew up an airliner in 1976, killing 73, and was freed from jail in 1990 by then-President Bush under pressure from his son Jeb and Cuban exiles.”
On the basis of the Newsweek account, one might think that Bosch blew up an airliner in 1976, killing 73, and was freed from jail in 1990 by then-President Bush under pressure from his son Jeb and Cuban exiles. In fact, Bosch was cleared of any connection to the airline bombing. Twice. In Venezuelan courts.”
“At some point during the Clinton Presidency Cuba shot down an American plane that had strayed into their airspace. (Jesse Ventura.)
But as proven time and time again the Brothers to the Rescue planes carrying Armando Alejandre, Carlos Costa, Mario de la Pena, and Pablo Morales were over international airspace when shot down on Castro’s orders. Should their families seek to clear their names by suing Ventura?
Since Kyle’s trial took place in the state that elected Ventura, I say Ventura’s trial for (infinitely worse) defamation of Cuban-Americans take place in south Florida. Fair is fair.